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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) gives a public right of access to information held by public bodies, and places obligations on public bodies to release the information on request if it is not subject to an exemption.


Who can make a Freedom of Information request?

Everyone has the right to request information held by any local authority. In most cases you will be sent the requested information within 20 working days unless there is a specific reason not to send it, in this case it will be considered ‘exempt’ under one of the exemptions set out in the Freedom of Information Act (for example, if the requested information includes personal information).

Is it free of charge?

As long as the information requested won’t take too long to gather, this service is free. If your information will take longer than 18 hours to gather (this time limit is set out by Freedom of Information Act), your request may be refused, or a charge might be made. You will be informed of any charges involved, and can then decide whether to continue with your request. The team will  also attempt to assist you in refining your request so comes in within the 18 hour rule.

How do I make a request?

Your request must be made in writing (by email or letter). If you prefer, you can come to a local authority reception area, and your request can be written down for you. It must include:

  • Your name.
  • The address or email address to which you wish the information to be sent.
  • An outline of the information you require. Give as much detail as possible, including dates, otherwise we may need to contact you again for clarification.

You then send the letter or email to the appropriate address.

Redditch Borough Council,
Town Hall,
Walter Stranz Square,
Redditch
B98 8AH

email icon foi@redditchbc.gov.uk

 

 

 

 



More information about the Freedom of Information Act can be found on the Information Commissioners website
http://www.ico.gov.uk/ www

Redditch Borough Council's FOI/EIR Statistics (Updated October 2014)

Month Number of FOI 's % answered within 20 working days Average number of days to answer an FOI
August 2014 55 88 11
July 2014 50 77 14
June 2014 39 68 16
May 2014 53 69 10
April 2014 67 84 10
March 2014 54 87 11
February 2014 68 72 13
January 2014 87 93 10
December 2013 42 95 9
November 2013 58 94 13
October 2013 40 86 13
September 2013 33 86 13
August 2013 56 95 13
July 2013 47 91 10
June 2013 34 94 10
May 2013 35 97 7
April 2013 41 88 9
March 2013 41 83 10
February 2013 37 83 12
January 2013 51 84 12
December 2012 30 86 12
November 2012 28 96 9
October 2012 29 90 14
Sept 2012 23 90 13
August 2012 34 83 13
July 2012 57 91 16
June 2012 38 86 16
May 2012 45 98 10
April 2012 31 94 10
March 2012 46 91 12
February 2012 43 90 6.7
January 2012 42 88 11.8
December 2011 20 95 9.5
November 2011 50 94 8.5
October 2011 22 100 6.4
September 2011 28 100 11.2
August 2011 42 100 9.0
July 2011 36 100 8.6
June 2011 34 100 10.5
May 2011 38 100 11.6
April 2011 38 95 13.9
March 2011     Information not available
February 2011 37 100 9.4
January 2011 44 100 8.67
December 2010 22 100 8.04
November 2010 28 100 10.39
October 2010 18 100 10.35
September 2010 28 93 9.71
August 2010 28 100 9.46
July 2010 31 87 15.03
June 2010 24 83 14.17

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This page was last reviewed 6 October 2014 at 10:06 by Nicola Brothwell.
The page is next due for review 4 April 2015.
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